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To Have or Not to Have the YX545,
This review is from: zBoost YX545 SOHO Dual-Band Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home and Office up to 2,500 sq. ft. of Coverage (Wireless Phone Accessory)A review of the Wi-Ex zBoost SOHO YX545 dual band amplifier.
Purchased for my residence where I have poor cellular reception on the Verizon network and very poor reception on my Sprint 3G Broadband modem.
After a comprehensive site survey and signal strength assessment, I chose to do my installation with the YX039 Yagi bi-directional antennas mounted on a 20', grounded, fiberglass mast on the upper roof of my bi-level house. The YX545 is centrally mounted in a stairway which provides 26' of vertical separation and a horizontal offset of several feet. Exceptional signal strength improvement was achieved for the Verizon cell reception, however no discernible change was made on the Broadband modem. Cell reception, however suffered in clarity both outgoing and incoming to the degree that cell phone conversation was impossible. Replacing the bi-directional antennas with the omni-directional antenna that was provided with the YX545 restored the clarity of the cell signal, however a reduction of signal strength was noted. Cell signal strength is only improved when the phone is within a 10' radius of the YX545 base unit. An additional note for the cell signal improvement is, the 2500 square foot advertised signal coverage is closer to about 200 square feet.
Equally, I hoped to improve the reception of my Sprint 3G Broadband modem using the YX545; it does not. My primary Internet connection for our residence is achieved by dial-up. Hoping for higher Internet access speeds I purchased the Novatel MC760 wireless Broadband modem. The modem operates on both the CDMA and EV-DO modes in the 800/1900 MHz band range. On average my RSSI is between -109 to -120 at my residence. Installing the YX545 did not provide any improvement to the signal. Installing a $24.00 external antenna on the MC760 modem, with the YX545 unplugged, my RSSI improves to -84 to -90. The YX545 has absolutely no benefit to the RSSI of the Broadband modem.
Bottom line, the Wi-Ex zBoost SOHO YX545 dual band amplifier is very disappointing. When an inexpensive and simple antenna will do more than an expensive piece of technology, one has to wonder. I will not recommend the YX545 to anyone.